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KPA Offers Increased Safety, Award-Winning Training, and Industry Expertise for Your Body Shop

Running a collision center means you are the expert on vehicle repair, painting, insurance processing and customer service; but are you an expert on OSHA and EPA compliance? Do you know how to reduce your worker’s comp premium with effective safety programs? How much time are you spending hiring, training and retaining quality employees? What would be your response to government audits? Over 600 collision centers across North America rely on KPA for environmental health and safety compliance programs, human resource software, comprehensive training and expert advice. Let us worry about minimizing your risk so you can work on maximizing profits.

With 28 years of industry experience, KPA offers Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and Human Resources solutions designed and field tested just for the collision industry. We customize our solutions to achieve compliance across the service, sales and human resource aspects of your business. Whether you are a single point or multiple site operation, we have the right program for you.

Here are some of the core collision-center specific compliance and training programs that we offer:

Environmental Health and Safety

  • Hazard Communication: We offer online employee training programs that cover all relevant aspects from chemical inventory to hazardous chemical properties to the precautions, and health effects. We also cover Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and container labeling.
  • Globally Harmonized System (GHS): Reduce fatalities, minimize injuries/illnesses by standardizing safety data sheets, labels and chemicals across all your collision center locations locally and globally.
  • Hazardous Waste Management: Within your collision center environment, employees must work with a variety of substances and materials that generate waste. Our program covers all aspects of safe handling and disposal while also helping to keep regulatory compliance in check.
  • Hazardous Waste Management: After training your staff on how to identify hazardous waste, we further guide them on subsequent steps required to attempt elimination or minimizing the volume and/or toxicity of the waste generated onsite.
  • Safety Training and Injury Prevention: Clich├ęd as it may sound, the fact is, prevention is better than cure! We help your team learn workplace safety as a way of life which will reduce injuries/illnesses and improve productivity.
  • Online Issue Tracking Software: Use our online issue tracking software to investigate accidents, identify the root cause and track those issues until they are resolved. Turn these recorded cases into opportunities for your team to learn from mistakes and avoid them in the future.
  • Emergency Response Plan: What are your employees expected to do if there is an emergency at your facility? This program covers the recommended responses in the event of fire, evacuation, spills and natural disaster. Our written programs and employee training modules help you drive better results through efficient disaster response management.
  • Waterborne Paints: Does your staff understand the implications and adhere to best practices when dealing with waterborne paints? Bust the myths and help save the ozone layer by leveraging our expertise.
  • Subpart 6H: Stay ahead of the curve with regard to Subpart 6H compliance by reducing exposure to Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) released during paint stripping and surface coating operations.
  • Methylene Chloride: Stay up to speed on the regulated usage that differs from one state to another and how to use it safely in your collision center operations.
  • OSHA 300 Logs: It is critical for all employers not only to classify work-related injuries and illnesses but also to record the extent and severity of each case. How will you determine if your collision center is exempt from certain requirements? How will you ensure proper record-keeping? How long will you need to maintain those records? Learn all this and more in our program.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Compliance at your collision center must go beyond the basics of standard safety glasses and gloves. It starts with written hazard assessment of each department, defines how to protect employees from hazards in the workplace, and offers instruction on how to choose the right protective equipment.
  • Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Regulations and Permitting: With each county in the state of California having their own specific requirements with regards to air pollution standards, staying in compliance can be daunting. KPA experts know the exact county regulations and will help you ensure compliance.
  • Supplied Air Systems: Based on the types of materials you are spraying in your body shop, you may need a supplied air system to ensure safe ventilation for your employees. Rely on KPA to help you determine what type of system is needed for your specific facility.
  • Medical Evaluations: KPA’s software is integrated to provide online medical evaluations for respirator wearers, and if needed, coordinate doctors’ phone consultations.
  • Safety and Pollution Prevention Training: Safety does not happen by accident. Companies are required to provide safety training for employees to address all hazards associated with the work they perform.  Safety and Pollution Prevention Training are key to keeping your facility in compliance with safety, health and environmental regulations. We can help!
  • Hot Works (Welding and Cutting): Jobs at your collision center that require the use of welding guns and hot metal cutting equipment carry the risk of fire. OSHA regulations have a specific section dedicated to preventing these risks. How can hot works and paint jobs co-exist? We can help!
  • Respiratory Protection Program: Why do you need a respirator at your location? What kind of hazards may require the need to use a respirator? How do you use a respirator? Information is documented and also communicated through employee training. It also includes medical evaluation by a physician or other licensed health care professional (PLHCP), fit testing and change out schedules.
  • Multi-Location Operators (MOS’s): Controlling risk is an extremely difficult task when your locations are spread across a town, state, or even the country. Gain visibility into the safety procedures across all of your locations directly from your computer with KPA’s software platform.
  • Isocyanate Issues: These substances are considered the most dangerous hazard within a collision center. They are odorless, colorless, can lead to sensitization and cause long term negative health effects. Ask our experts for a tailor-made solution to meet the specific needs of your center and ensure both, the longevity of your business and health and safety of your employees.
  • Aluminum Safety: Aluminum dust is potentially explosive! We help create a safe workplace for your employees through comprehensive training. Consider it an investment you absolutely must make—because you can’t put a price on safety.

EHS For Collision Centers

Human Resource Management

  • HR Management Software: Our program helps you organize and streamline all aspects of the employee life cycle from recruitment to training, termination and everything in between, across single and multiple locations.
  • Employee Recruitment and Retention: What aspects of your collision center are the most saleable features that potential employees will find attractive? Do your policies and programs need a review and revision in order to better retain top talent? What is the impact of recruitment activities and retention rates on your business performance and bottom line? Get answers to all these questions and make positive changes today.
  • Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Training: Help protect your body shop by ensuring all employees are trained on anti-harassment and discrimination during their new hire training and then again annually. In the unfortunate event that your collision center has to deal with discrimination and harassment in the workplace, you should know that these cases are very hard to defend.
  • Performance Management: Giving timely feedback to employees is key to increasing employee engagement and performance at your collision center. By tracking performance deficiencies through N.E.A.T. (Notice of Expected Standard) and rule violation principles, we enable stronger, carefully monitored performance management within your team.
  • On-Call Legal Support: Leverage the expertise of our dedicated team of HR and legal professionals available onsite and online for quick and prompt counsel.
  • Customer Information Security: While compliance with the Safeguards Act is mandatory at your collision center, you also want to ensure that your staff understands how to obtain, use and dispose of customer information in a responsible and safe manner.

HR  for Collision Centers